Flying high: George Galloway is lifted up in the air by his supporters after winning the Bradford West by-election. (Daily Mail)
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The Socialist Worker reported on Galloway’s big win.
George Galloway has pulled off a spectacular political comeback by winning Thursday’s Bradford West parliamentary by-election by a landslide.
Galloway, standing for Respect, beat the Labour candidate Imran Hussain by 18,341 votes to 8,201. The Tories came third with 2,746 votes.
Galloway’s backers were ecstatic at his victory. “It’s absolutely brilliant,” Umit Yildiz, a lecturer at Bradford College who was involved in the campaign, told Socialist Worker.
“It was a very young campaign,” he added. “This was about young people breaking with tradition and voting for an anti-war and anti-cuts party.”
The crucial factor behind Galloway’s win was anger at a complacent Labour political establishment in Bradford that had taken voters for granted and delivered nothing.
Imran Hussain is deputy leader of Bradford council and chair of the local Labour Party. Labour has pushed through £67 million in cuts in the city, slashing over 1,000 jobs.
Galloway supporters told Socialist Worker of their anger at how Bradford’s city bosses had presided over ten years of decay and mounting youth unemployment.
The Tories—who came second in Bradford West at the 2010 general election—were hit by popular anger over cuts and their budget for the rich. The Lib Dems lost their deposit.
“I’m 21 and I’ve never had a job, although I’m always applying for them,” said Aqil Fiaz who was campaigning for Respect outside Girlington primary school.